Looking to flex your PR skills at a startup and gain experience working for a growing company? Be sure to check out the On Fire to Hire Startup Expo on Monday Feb. 27!
On Fire to Hire is a Northeastern-only event for alumni, undergraduate and graduate students looking for internships, Fall 2017 co-op positions, and full-time jobs. It will take place in the Curry Student Center Ballroom starting at 5:30pm for undergrad students and alumni and 6:30pm for graduate students. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. For a full list of the startups participating this year, click here. Hope to see you there!
Our blog has been pretty low-key, but we’re back and ready for the new semester! Keep an ear out for regular posts on current PR events and original content from our very own BRPR team! We have new members, new ideas, and new clients, so stay tuned to hear more about what we’ve been up to. In the meantime, feel free to check out our other social media platforms and make sure to hit the follow button to stay up to date with all our posts!
Black & Red Public Relations will serve as Northeastern University’s central proxy for promotion and branding of student-run organizations
Boston, January 15, 2014–Northeastern University’s student club for public relations has disaffiliated with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and is launching themselves anew as Black & Red Public Relations (B&R PR). B&R PR will continue weekly group meetings while taking on a new role as a publicity agent for fellow student organizations.
The decision to form a bona fide agency arose from the observation that university groups could benefit from outside aid in boosting awareness for their events and activities. B&R’s services will extend from event planning to image rebranding and penetration via the use of social media and campus contacts. The agency will reach out to organizations to offer suggestions and the opportunity to personally work with B&R members; conversely, groups are encouraged to contact the agency of their own accord to discuss what moves can be made to advance their organization.
B&R PR is open to rendering its services in whichever way is most convenient to their client. The client may choose to attend the weekly agency meeting, during which the client and the B&R board with its members will work in tandem to map out a tailored strategy. There is also the option of a personal consultation between respective executive boards and email correspondence.
B&R PR stresses that all Northeastern clubs, organizations, societies, or Greek sororities and fraternities are welcome to get into touch for any matter concerning the promotion of their group.
About Black & Red PR
Black & Red PR is a student-led public relations agency which all Northeastern University students looking to explore the world of PR are open to join. Meetings take place every Wednesday at 7:15 at 340 Curry Student Center.
Agency email: email@example.com
As we near the end of Courtney’s mini-blog series, she has one last tip for us to keep in mind during the co-op process:
6. Keep Those Contacts!
After you’re all done interviewing and you have a fabulous co-op to be excited about, don’t forget about the contacts that you made throughout the entire interview process.
Chances are, you interviewed for multiple positions and either turned offers down, weren’t offered every co-op you interviewed for, or didn’t hear back from a company soon enough. However, these different company representatives that you met with throughout the co-op search could become useful contacts for you at some point in the future, and you’ve all heard it before…networking is everything!
A great idea is to take the pile of business cards that you collected throughout the process and type up the contact name, phone number, and email from each company onto a Word document so if you ever want to contact them in the future, you have a point of reference all in one place. Plus, then you don’t need to hang onto all of those business cards! You never know- you may want to try again for a co-op you didn’t get this time around.
A note from Courtney:
I hope these tips have helped make the process of finding a co-op a whole lot less daunting and that you end up with an amazing co-op! My final piece of advice: stay involved with NUPRSSA- we’re all here to support each other and share our experiences.
– Courtney Byer, member
The NUPRSSA executive board would like to thank Courtney for sharing all of these extremely helpful tips with us this semester. We know we all took a few notes from her; we hope that you did too!
Courtney’s back to share another tip on making it through the co-op process!
5. A Little Positivity Goes a Long Way
Since you only get 3 co-ops and you want to make each one count, it’s easy to become a stress-case in the search for the perfect co-op. Although being nervous about it shows that you care, it is crucial that you don’t let the co-op search get the best of you.
First of all, stay calm and know that the co-op process is more about timing than anything else. Unfortunately, not all companies call for interviews at the same time, and you may have to decide if you’re willing to turn down an offer in the hopes that you’ll get called for your top choice co-op. Yes, these choices are extremely stressful (trust me, I know!) but in the end, everything will work out and you just have to weigh your options. I think it’s best to have a few top co-op choices instead of just one, so if timing doesn’t work out or you have a rough interview, you can still be happy with the co-op that you end up choosing.
Keep in mind that not only is the company helping you by giving you a job but YOU are helping them by working for them. Be confident in what you have to offer them, even if you’re nervous, so that the interview goes well and you feel better overall. In our field, sometimes it’s your personality that gets you the job, not your qualifications!
If the conversation during the interview is all personal, it’s up to you to show the employer that you’re serious about the job and get the conversation onto a professional level. A good interviewer can find any reason to talk about how their skills relate to the qualifications necessary for the job position. In the end, know that you will get a co-op, and timing will effect which one you end up with. You get to decide which co-ops you accept and don’t accept, so make sure that the decisions you make are what is best for you!
– Courtney Byer, member
Check back soon! Courtney has one more useful tip to share with us!